On the evening of Friday, June 2nd, the 144th graduating class of Wabash High School received their high school diploma. The event took place at the Honeywell Center in Ford Theater.
Wabash High School senior Kaleb Kelsheimer provided opening remarks and introduced fellow senior Cal Stone to deliver the invocation. Wabash City Schools' superintendent Jason Callahan welcomed the nearly packed theater of family and friends and provided some last instruction to the class of 2017. Superintendent Callahan told the Wabash seniors to "take yesterday's regrets and turn them into tomorrow's successes." Wabash Senior Caitlyn Mullen introduced Wabash High School Class of 2017 Co-Valedictorian's Nicole Adams and Mary Guisewhite. The two academic leaders presented jointly "Moving on, Together". In their speech, the two young leaders implored their classmates to not be known as the class that merely settled to choose what is comfortable, but instead, to chase after their passions.
Music directors Emily France and Wil Woodruff led the choir and the band in the performance of Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium.
Wabash High School Principal Kyle Wieland was introduced by senior Caitlyn Mullen. Principal Wieland reminded students that they had achieved something this night, thanks to their determination: "...the reason you get to walk across this stage tonight is because giving up or quitting was not the option you chose."
Wabash High School Assistant Principal Jeff Galley read the student's names and Mr. Wieland presented each student his or her diploma.
Wabash High School senior and 2017 Wabash County Lilly Scholarship recipient Cheyenne King led the class in the turning of the tassels before the audience watched the senior slideshow.
After the slide show, Senior Matt Jones brought the entire theater to their feet after singing "Do I Make You Proud" by Ackerman, Watkins, and Wilson.
Senior Zoe Payne provided a few closing remarks and Mr. Wieland introduced the Wabash Class of 2017.